Pumping iron at Sheffield art exhibition

Artist Helen Benigson exhibition 'Weightless Utopias' drawing attention to and challenging cultural obsession with weight and desired physical shape featuring live performances by female weightlifters and dancers at the Site Gallery.
Artist Helen Benigson exhibition 'Weightless Utopias' drawing attention to and challenging cultural obsession with weight and desired physical shape featuring live performances by female weightlifters and dancers at the Site Gallery.
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It was like no exhibition you had ever seen in Sheffield before.

Female weightlifters showed their skills to a background of rap music and colourful lights at the city’s Site Gallery.

The bizarre scene formed part of the display Weightless Utopias, by artist Helen Benigson, which aimed to explore the cultural ‘obsession’ with weight and desired physical shape.

Fitness experts, performers and even a Burlesque dancer signed up to take part in live performances as part of her residency at the city centre gallery, on Brown Street.

Sara Cluggish, curator, said: “We ended up with a diverse selection of people taking part and it was very convivial – they got to know each other quite well in a short period of time.

“Some of them were fitness experts or teachers and others came from a more classical art background. We also had a Burlesque dancer.

“Most were local although one attended from London and another Castleford in West Yorkshire.

“It was a very eclectic mix, but a lovely one, and they all said they felt a lot more confident having done it.”

Helen’s residency also featured a simulated weight loss group and live spray tans.

German artist Florian Roithmayr is now starting a residency which investigates hands-on learning through action and materials.

He will be working with concrete beautician, Viorel Bratu, to build a large concrete wall in the gallery.